1. Mix sugar, corn syrup and water in 1-quart saucepan. Cover and heat to rolling boil over medium heat. Uncover and boil 4 to 8 minutes, without stirring, to 242° on candy thermometer or until small amount of mixture dropped into cup of very cold water forms a firm ball that holds its shape until pressed. For an accurate temperature reading, tilt the saucepan slightly so mixture is deep enough for thermometer.
2. While mixture is boiling, beat egg whites in medium bowl with electric mixer on high speed just until stiff peaks form.
3. Pour hot syrup very slowly in thin stream into egg whites, beating constantly on medium speed. Add vanilla. Beat on high speed about 10 minutes or until stiff peaks form. Frosts 13 ¥ 9-inch cake, or fills and frosts an 8- or 9-inch two-layer cake.
NUTRITION FACTS: 1 Serving: Calories 60 (Calories from Fat 0) Fat 0g (Saturated 0g) Cholesterol 0mg Sodium 15mg Carbohydrate 14g (Dietary Fiber 0g) Protein 1g % DAILY VALUE: Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0% Calcium 0% Iron 0% DIET EXCHANGES: 1 Fruit
Butterscotch Frosting: Substitute packed brown sugar for the granulated sugar. Decrease vanilla to 1/2 teaspoon.
Cherry-Nut Frosting: Stir in 1/4 cup cut-up candied cherries, 1/4 cup chopped nuts and, if desired, 6 to 8 drops red food color.
Peppermint Frosting: Stir in 1/3 cup coarsely crushed hard peppermint candies or 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract.
From "Betty Crocker's Complete Cookbook, Everything You Need to Know to Cook Today, 9th Edition." Text Copyright 2000 General Mills, Inc. Used with permission of the publisher, Wiley Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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